#BYOD Tool: WordsEye

“WordsEye is cutting-edge technology that works by parsing text input into a semantic representation which is then rendered as a 3D scene. This process relies […] 

November 2015: My Reading

  This month I have made a conscious effort to finish a number of half-read books and finally investigate some that have been on my […] 

#BYOD Tool: Google’s “About Me”

Google has launched a new service which purports to allow users to control their online information. Their new About me page lists information such as work […] 

#BYOD Tool: TextGrabber

This is the first in a planned series of posts that each focus on a tool that will be useful to both students and teachers […] 

Where do you get your books?

I haven’t analysed how much money I spend proportionally on hardcover, paperback, audio or ebooks each year but know it is not as predicted several […] 

September-October 2015: My Reading

But only literature can put you in touch with another human spirit, as a whole, with all its weaknesses and grandeurs, its limitations, its pettinesses, […] 

Coming to America

My study tour focuses on how the latest learning about new and emerging technologies, such as non-medical DNA analysis, can be shared effectively and ethically […] 

Managerialism defeats terrorism (in some alternate universe…)

Each time a child needs a new passport, a full application must be completed.                        […] 

The Solitary Traveller V: London & Stratford-upon-Avon

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where […] 

The Solitary Traveller IV: The South Downs Way

The name ‘Sussex’ derives from the Kingdom of Sussex, according to legend it was founded by Ælle of Sussex in 477 AD, then in 825 […] 

The Solitary Traveller III: York and Durham

York is a ‘Scandy‘ town but not Durham. York & Durham Arriving in a very old city is a strange and wonderful experience. Often one […] 

The Solitary Traveller II: Isle of Man

I have read many times, in brochures, books and websites that the Isle of Man is a microcosm of Britain. Mostly, this is said in […] 

The Solitary Traveller: The Lake District

“The history of mankind is the instant between two strides taken by a traveller.”                       […] 

Digging Deeper

My research journey from Bloomsbury to Ballarat was sparked by a rough sea voyage. I  wrote this article, while battling seasickness, on a large ferry bound for […] 

August 2015: My Reading

The gull sees farthest who flies highest. Richard Bach As citizens of a free society, we have a duty to look critically at our world. But […] 

The Benefits of School Exchanges

“Travel is still the most intense mode of learning.”  Kevin Kelly There’s many experiences I wish all students could have as part of their schooling. […] 

The State of the Birds (Citizen Science)

The long-term goal of this project is to establish a set of bird indices for all major Australian bird groups, so that future SOAB reports […] 

July 2015: My Reading

Two weeks of holidays certainly provided time for more books this month than last. I continue to enjoy the pleasures of rereading and science fiction, […] 

Resources for Citizen Science

The Maximising the Capacity of Citizen Science for Science and Society conference run by the Australian Citizen Science Association has showcased a wide range of projects and resources that […] 

Citizen Science in our Schools?

“Citizen Science is a partnership between individuals and scientists for investigating pressing questions about the world. The purpose of this conference is bring together the Australian […] 


Why do people still pay to subscribe to magazines, journals, websites and newspapers? For some time, to subscribe, one has entered an email address or added […] 

June 2015: My Reading

“…by writing about himself, Knausgaard has really written about them, that reading ‘My Struggle’ is like opening someone else’s diary and finding your own secrets.” […] 

Citizen Science and Big History

National Geographic encourages student citizen scientists to participate in their Genographic Project, which employs cutting-edge genetic and computational technologies to analyse historical patterns in DNA […] 

Photography: what’s in my bag?

He who would travel happily must travel light.       Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Although this blog has no product sponsorship deals or affiliations with […] 

May 2015: My Reading

Certain books, though, like certain landscapes, stay with us even when we have left them, changing not just our weathers but our climates. Robert MacFarlane […] 

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